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Kwankwaso, Wamakko Clinch ‘Best Governor’ Award In London

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wamakko_sokotoGov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano has received the 2013 Best Governor award of the African Film Festival and Academy for his contribution to education and youth empowerment in Kano State.

Kwankwaso and Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, who bagged the best governor in development projects, received the awards on Saturday in London.

Wamakko was represented by Alhaji Muhammed Galadima, an official of the Nigeria High Commission in London.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Kwankwaso expressed delight for receiving the award, saying that it would further strengthen his commitment to youth development.

“I feel great and I believe this award will strengthen us to work harder for our people, especially the young men and women in the film industry.

“We are establishing a film institute in Tiga to create opportunities for training and professionalism, so that our artists can compete locally and internationally”, he said.

The governor also expressed satisfaction with the level of commitment of the students from Kano State, who are on scholarship in the UK.

“I’m highly impressed by the student’s performance, they are doing well and we will keep on supporting them,’’ he said.

NAN reports that there are lots of students from the state on scholarship in the UK for various degrees and areas of specialty.

Other personalities, who received awards for “Citizen  Support’’ include, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Mrs Faridah Wada, a philanthropist.

Organiser of the Award, Mr Sam Anwuzia, said that it was necessary to recognise the awardees for their contribution to film development and other areas of the nation’s economy.

Anwuzia said the Nigerian movie industry “Nollywood” had gone beyond the home movie status in Africa, to cinemas across the world.

He added that “the Film and Academy Awards will continue to project the industry internationally’’.

The event attracted many Nigerian and African artists. (NAN)

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

Also Read: No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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